A common misconception is that healthy food is tasteless but that is far from the truth! Healthy food not only tastes good when prepared right but it also makes us feel good.   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually declares March as National Nutrition Month® and this year the theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This theme could cover a variety of topics but I want to focus more on the process of enjoying our food by … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

This couldn’t be simpler or quicker or a bigger hit. My family (a.k.a. my testers) asked for repeats on this one. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 17 minutes Serves 8   2 teaspoons oil 1 medium onion, sliced 1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup mild cheese sauce (prepared, in a jar) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire 1 loaf (about 16 ounces) French bread   1. Heat oven to 450ºF. Heat oil in large, non-stick … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I love the combination of pasta and rice, but there’s no reason you need to buy that combination from a box. This comes together so simply with ingredients that are probably in your pantry already (add fine egg noodles to your list of pantry staples—you’ll make this often). This is a beautiful one-pot meal. Add a salad and the meal is complete. Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook Time: About 25 minutes Serves 4   1 teaspoon oil 1 pound … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, are the perfect perk up for your late winter garden. I know this because a few years ago a friend introduced me to some property he owned that was covered in Hellebores. He gave my husband and me free access to dig as many plants as we wanted. They were beautiful and I just had to have some. So, we did dig, but initially didn’t know much about these fabulous perennials. Once we had … continued…

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Gardening Pam Freeman

This makes for a great game-day snack. You’ll have lots of chili, so buy several packages of the crescent rolls if you’re anticipating a crowd (one recipe of chili can fill about 40 crescent rolls this way). Prep Time: About 20 minutes (10 minutes for the chili, 10 minutes to roll crescents) Cook Time: About 45 minutes (30 minutes for the chili, 15 minutes for the rolls) Makes 8 rolls (with leftover chili)   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Somehow I let the holiday season roll by without giving you an idea of what I’m reading these days in the cookbook category. I am all over the place, but there are some new titles here and a perennial favorite or two that I keep pushing.   Tartine Book No.3 by Chad Robertson. Believe it or not, I cooked with Chad when he was still a student at CIA (that’s Culinary Institute of America). I’ve watched the great things that … continued…

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Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

We’ve all had peanut butter but did you know that there are many more choices besides crunchy or creamy when it comes to nut butters? Nut butters are a great source of protein and monounsaturated fat and can be used in many ways, including in the traditional PB&J.   Next time you are at the super market, look around the peanut butter section and you may be surprised at all of the other options. I picked up a few to … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

We’re getting ready to repaint our dining room and I’ve been thinking about new decorations to add a fresh touch. I’ve also been doing a little cleaning and found a huge stash of wine corks I’ve saved over the years. Voilà! I had an idea that uses the corks and makes a great decoration– a wine cork wreath! I love the wine cork wreaths I see when I visit wineries; so why not make one for myself instead of paying … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

Are you wondering about the latest craze of juicing and if it’s right for you? For many people, eating enough fruits and vegetables can be a struggle. Juicing advocates promote that it can increase weight loss, increase vitamin and mineral intake, and may help “cleanse” your body. Some of this may be true but there are also a few things to be cautious about. Just because you drink juices doesn’t mean you don’t need to eat fruits and vegetables too. … continued…

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Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the combination of steak and eggs, but wanted to put a spin on it. The Steak and Egg Omelet was born (although, as one tester points out, isn’t that like saying steak and eggs and eggs? We like semantics in this house…). This is one of the best ways to use up leftover steak (we had leftover filet: even better) and made a great midnight snack for one hungry visiting son.   Prep time: 2 minutes Cook Time: … continued…

Steak and Eggs
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Tips, Tools & Techniques